'Pacific Standard,' May/June 2015

Reform of the nerds—starring Arthur Chu; the 30 top young thinkers; American judges are playing doctor—and doing harm; and getting paid what you're worth. Plus: Five studies about human trafficking.
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(Photo: Gregg Segal)

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FEATURES

How America Overdosed on Drug Courts
Hailed as the most compassionate way to deal with addicts, drug courts were designed to balance punishment with rehab. Instead, they embolden judges to practice medicine without a license—and put lives in danger
By Maia Szalavitz

     • Sidebar: What Judges Allow
     • SidebarWho Goes to Drug Court?
     • Sidebar: How Drug Courts Think About Drug Maintenance Treatments

Reform of the Nerds
How a game-show champion named Arthur Chu became the embattled conscience of American male geekdom.
By Peter C. Baker

     • Sidebar: The Manosphere by the Numbers
     • Sidebar: Gamer Glossary
     • Sidebar: Gamers Aren't Just Another Subculture

The Omniscient Classroom
A former Google executive has cooked up Silicon Valley's most fully imagined alternative to a standard grade-school education. Now his idea is spreading across the country, one micro-school at a time.
By Kevin Carey

     • Sidebar: The Intellectual Father of Personalized Education

Special Section: Thirty Under 30
Our annual list of 30 of the most intriguing researchers—in the fields of economics, political science, social psychology, and more—who are under the age of 30.
By Avital Andrews

     • ProfileNoam Angrist
     • ProfileDiksha Arora
     • ProfileLydia Brown
     • ProfileColin Carlson
     • ProfileBill Chopik
     • ProfileMatt Gaidica
     • ProfileAndrew Hall
     • ProfileErin Hartman
     • ProfileChristina Henderson
     • Profile:Alex Imas
     • ProfileEric Kim
     • ProfileMatthew Knepper
     • ProfileMaya Krishnan
     • ProfileTalila Lewis
     • ProfileJamie Lundine
     • ProfileTheodora Mautz
     • ProfileAlexander McLean
     • ProfileLaura Miller-Graff
     • ProfileTimothy Nunan
     • ProfileEd O'Brien
     • ProfileKizzann Ashana Ramsook
     • ProfileDaniel Re
     • ProfileMargaret Roberts
     • ProfileRachel Robnett
     • ProfileAnnie Rorem
     • ProfileJesse Sneed
     • ProfilePaulina Sosa
     • ProfileCarolina Tavarez
     • ProfileIliana Vargas
     • ProfileDavid Wang

PROSPECTOR

Scorched
For Central American migrants, the promise of work in California has dried up.
By Lauren Markham

Tuna Helper
How a fish statistician got famous and changed a country's mind.
By Bonnie Tsui

Carpe FOMO
Fretting over your options is part of a life well lived.
By Chris Colin

The Signs of Music
A deaf theater company sings out.
By Bettina Chang

ESSAYS

Economics: The Moneyball Trap
Employment markets are getting better at paying everyone what they're worth.
By Noam Scheiber

Culture: The End of Locker-Room Talk
What a court case involving Wet Ones signals about the future of manhood in the workplace.
By Michael Fitzgerald

BOOKS

Review: Mob Justice
The power of public shaming can hardly be controlled. Can it save the planet?
By Matt Feeney

Review: What Was Famine?
The political economy of mass starvation, and why it is largely a thing of the past.
By Charles C. Mann

DEPARTMENTS

Paul France teaches 12 students at AltSchool in San Francisco, California. (Photo: Jeff Singer)

Paul France teaches 12 students at AltSchool in San Francisco, California. (Photo: Jeff Singer)

There's a Name for That
Shifting Baseline Syndrome
The wrong starting point.

Research Gone Wild
Wine by the Pound
There's no boozing your way to weight loss.

In the Picture
Carrying a Big Stick
India's Gulabi Gang

Five Studies
Trafficking in Errors
If we want to fight human trafficking, we should start by understanding it.

Subculture
Unschoolers
Leave those kids alone.

Life in the Data
Forever Young
"That's my boy."

Quick Studies
The Dubious Value of Certain Diplomas
What's your degree worth?

Quick Studies
Wanted: Old Musician's Brain
Musical training early in life may offset the decline in speech processing that comes decades later.

ETC.

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